Facing an important 2019 season, the Washington Redskins have plenty of young veterans that need to step up. Let’s check out a few critical players aged 25 or under.
Top Washington Redskins Age 25 or Under
Landon Collins, Safety (25)
Collins was one of the prized free agents this offseason, and the Redskins knew they badly needed help in the secondary. That led to Collins becoming a wealthy man, signing a six-year, $84 million contract with almost $45 million guaranteed.
That’s a lot of money for a position that many believe has become saturated. But it’s a testament to both Collins’ ability on the field and him becoming a star in the league. You can also thank recent struggles Washington had on and off the field from players such as D.J. Swearinger and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Swearinger wasn’t bad at all but seemed to clash with coaches, ultimately leading to Washington waiving him. He was claimed by the Cardinals, however, who had the top waiver claim. Nonetheless, Collins is an upgrade over just about any safety in the league and Washington spent big money to secure his services.
Jonathan Allen, Defensive Tackle (24)
After a Lisfranc injury prematurely ended his rookie season, Allen exploded in 2018 with eight sacks and 55 tackles. Allen played in all 16 games and established himself as one of the leaders not just on the defensive line but also throughout the entire defense. Along with Daron Payne, the Redskins feature one of the most reliable defensive linemen tandems in the league.
But Allen is fully healthy and has become a force. Washington will need him to continue his strong play to keep their defense rising to a higher level. PFN’s Matt Valdovinos also named Allen as one of his three biggest breakout candidates for the 2019 Redskins.
Derrius Guice, Running Back (22)
Guice suffered another injury, this one to his hamstring, according to Erin Hawksworth of 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C. Despite that setback, Guice is still clearly a significant part of the Redskins’ plans both this season and in the future.
Although Guice will likely miss the beginning of training camp, Washington is still very hopeful he can return to his LSU form. Doing so will help build a young foundation in the backfield with quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Trey Quinn, Wide Receiver (23)
In 2018, Washington selected Quinn with the final pick of the NFL draft, making him Mr. Irrelevant. In 2019, Quinn will be very relevant. Head coach Jay Gruden seems quite confident in Quinn’s ability to step into the slot receiver role and excel. With Jamison Crowder now on the New York Jets, the spot is seemingly Quinn’s to lose and he is taking full advantage.
Quinn recorded just nine catches as a rookie. But now that Quinn is higher on the depth chart, and with the future of Josh Doctson unclear, the path is open for Quinn to become a playmaker for Haskins and the Redskins.
Fabian Moreau, Cornerback (25)
Josh Norman may be the most recognized name among the Redskins’ cornerbacks, but Moreau is a rising star.
Moreau has yet to miss a game in the two seasons he has been in the league. After mainly playing special teams in 2017, Moreau got his opportunity in 2018 after the departures of Bashaud Breeland and Kendall Fuller. He started ten games in 2018 while playing the fourth-most snaps among Redskins’ defensive players.
The former third-round pick is easily now a favorite among the coaching staff and, along with Collins, forms integral pieces to an improving Redskins’ secondary. Look for him to continue his rise and eventually take over the number one cornerback role from Norman is the not-so-distant future.
Bill Riccette is a writer for PFN covering the NFC East. Follow him on Twitter @Bill_Riccette. And sign up for PFN All-Access here.